Magic Cabin Giveaway!

You lucky devils! I have such a fun contest for you!!!
Magic Cabin is doing a giveaway for us here at Have Sippy Will Travel!

Magic Cabin is a fantastic toy company that has the most unique, fun, and educational toys in one place that I have seen in a long time. And so convenient! You can order online, via telephone, or catalog.
You can sign up for their mailing list here
Then you won’t miss a thing!

Do you guys remember my Aviva Wild Water Slide Review? (How awesome was that slide???)
Just in case you forgot- here is a new picture of Little playing on it!

And one from the original post of Kamikaze and Little. This is the coolest water slide ever!Yeah, now you have your interest piqued! Do you want to check out their site yet?

Well, Magic Cabin has offered to do a giveaway for one of my lucky readers!
So without further adieu…..
May I present the Apple House Play Set!

This is such a cute and fun item. Little Man has been in LOVE with it.
It is a fabric apple tree, that unzips to find six adorable forest friends inside!
It is super easy to clean, and to take with you everywhere and anywhere.
Since it arrived here, Little Man has been dragging it everywhere. Here he is at home, as soon as it was opened

and then at school, sharing with friends (these children are ages 2-7)

and then back home to his bed

and back to school, to grandma’s, to the store, to naptime, etc…he has it with him in bed now! He decided to add a plush skunk to the mix, and the other animals did not mind one bit, lol…Here they are, another day at school, sharing with a friend!

Bad Idea T-Shirts

Have you ever had a Bad Idea? Did you ever think, “why, this idea is so epic-ly bad that I must wear it proudly, and proclaim it to all”??? Then you must know all about Bad Idea T-Shirts!

Bad Idea T-Shirts have tons of funny shirts, parody-tees, and a few amusing social commentaries. They have some great reminders of our favorite moments in TV (who can forget that?)

and shirts that let others know your goals for life 😉

or for your physique!

Of course, like all “Bad Ideas”, some I cannot mention here- but that doesn’t mean I don’t think they are amusing! Come on, mommy has to laugh, too! Hehehe…..
Any GOOD “Bad Idea” is sure to offend someone, but you can’t please all the people, all the time, now can you?

Bad Idea T-Shirts are now carrying American Apparel shirts, as well! Just when you thought you couldn’t love them any more, right?

Staring Into the Sun

I was sent this book, Staring Into the Sun, by Joshua Fields, to review.
It is a book of poetry, described by the author as “a celebration of life’s greatest gift- LOVE”.

 Guys, I’m sorry, but I really disliked this book.  Like, a lot.  I felt like I was trapped in some bad coffee shop poetry jam session….all smokey, with a very angry man, trying very hard and thinking he is very cool, shouting his strange words at me….I didn’t feel the love.  I felt a little wierded out, like when you hear a little too much of someone else’s conversation?  and not in a good way?  Like that. 

To me, this seemed like a creative writing assignment gone awry. Written with one line in male, one line in female dialogue alternatively, which was interesting. Written like casual dialogue, with focus on love. A poem-conversation. For me, this didn’t work. It just seemed like random thoughts scribbled. There was no “flow”. 
After the first few poems, I didn’t want to read anymore. As I continued with the book, they got more tedious. They seemed just jumbled thoughts of everyday conversations, chopped from sentence form to fit into the author’s poetic verse. Perhaps the intent was to find amazement and grace in the little things, the daily grind and small conversations. That is laudable. I very much disliked the lack of flow and energy in the book.
It was a light, fast read. 

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400 lb Monkey

Hello, Bloggy Buddies!
This week I am trying something new. I am introducing “Daddy’s Corner”, where, once a week, my husband can talk about some “manly” things that might interest the males in your life. Or, for my male readers- a little more testosterone once in a while on the blogosphere, LOL….
Everything written in “Daddy’s Corner” was written by my Dear Husband, and the opinions are 100% his. I have not even proof read! LOL….
Anyway- I hope you guys like the addition. Let me know what you think! And here ends my writing! ~Samantha

Today I will be reviewing a beer brewed by Left hand brewing company called 400 pound monkey. It is an English India pale ale. A good friend of mine brought it over for a dinner party at my house. He said it looked like something we would like. First of all the label is very eye catching. Lots of illustrated monkeys monkeys, the first thing that pops into my heads was Victory’s golden monkey, a great beer that I enjoyed so much I actually stuck the label on my fridge so I wouldn’t forget it. So my hopes were high for this one. Before I get to tastes I have to say I am not a big fan of the overly hopped American beers that taste like hops and seltzer, luckily for me this beer was not that. It had a good aroma to it nice hoppy smell, not over powering or funky smelling. Upon the first taste it was just hoppy enough. Not too bitter and had notes of grapefruit to it. Very drinkable and would probably be paired will with pizza or something spicy. The alcohol content is 6.7% so after a few you are feeling pretty good, but not sloppy. I was surprised I enjoyed this beer so much. IPA’ s for me are hit or miss and I had high expectations with the monkey logo. Overall I give this beer a B.

Apple Crisp

I love baking 🙂
It is one of my favorite things to do.
Concord Foods sent me this box of Apple Crisp to try out. I actually had never tried it before!

We were going to the local farmers market anyway (we go on weekends- you know how I feel about organic foods and local produce!) so we bought some great, farm-fresh apples to go into our Apple Crisp.

As you can see- Little Man is “helping” pick out produce, lol…
The Apple Crisp was SUPER EASY to make. All you needed was the Apple Crisp mix, butter, (mmmm, butter) and 6-8 fresh apples. You just mix the apples and butter together and sprinkle the Apple Crisp on top! Little Man helped- Kamikaze was at her friend’s house. That is how easy it was. And it was ready in just 25 minutes!

Here is Daddy and Little getting ready for the “eating” portion of the evening- no doubt everyone’s favorite part! I had tried to take a picture BEFORE they got into it- but you can see how well that worked out!!!

Sebastian Professional Volume Collection Review

I received the new Sebastian Professional Volume Collection to review.

I was sent the Volupt Shampoo, Conditioner, and Spray.
I tried the shampoo and conditioner right away, and I love the smell. I don’t notice a ton of difference in the volume at first, but some is better then none! 🙂
My hair is shiny and sleek, so I love that.
I continued using the shampoo and conditioner, and did see some volume added to my hair. I have fine hair, so it is great to have something that works for hair like mine. In addition, the one time I did try to style it, it was fantastic! The spray worked wonders- it did not dry my hair out at all, and even helped bring back some of the curl! (I have very fine, very straight hair- it never keeps it’s style very long, no matter what I do to it!)

101 Ways To Meditate- a book review

I was sent a copy of “101 Ways To Meditate” by Linda A. Lavid to review.

As many of you know, this mommy finds it very necessary to take time for “the calm”. Yoga, meditation, tai chi, deep breathing, etc. I find it makes my mind function better, it increases flexibility of the mind and the body, and in general makes me a better me. (A better “me” also makes a better wife, sister, daughter, friend, and most importantly, a better mommy! Remember to take time for “you”, mama’s! I’m going to keep saying this- to you and to me!)

As as
sasI really enjoyed this. I find meditation important to finding balance and calm in my life. Linda Lavid truly did give you step by step, vivid explanations and visual imagery to assist you in your meditative journey. This small book is well written and easy to follow. Author is knowledgeable on the subject, resourceful, and helpful. My one qualm- the price tag! There were only 74 pages of writing- and while those were very well written pages, the rest of it was inspirational quotes and page …more I really enjoyed this book. I find meditation important to finding balance and calm in my life. Linda Lavid truly did give you step by step, vivid explanations and visual imagery to assist you in your meditative journey. If you are experienced, then you can expand upon your knowledge and practices, because there truly are 101 ways to meditate outlined in this book!

Rattle and Roll Giveaway!

In honor of Little Man’s birthday, I wanted to give a gift to you! It seems like many of you have young children at home, so I have selected on of Little’s favorite toys to get for this giveaway.

It is a Bruin Inflatable Rattle and Roll,

He loved this. It is for ages 9 months and up. He loved, loved,loved it as a baby. He used to chase it around the house, giggling his little baby laugh. It is an inflatable tube, that has toys and rattles inside it. There is a cute little window, letting him see what makes all the noise inside. When it rolls or moves, it makes noise (rattles), making the baby curious. It encourages baby to move to and with the roller, which in turn encourages the baby to crawl.
Little still has his- he currently uses it as everything from a “ninja hidey house” to a telescope to something one would see on American Gladiator…he has even taken it into the pool. Not that this is what the manufacturer intended, I am sure!

So, here are the ways to win. I will be checking, so please make sure you do the following.